In December 2017, the new driving test was introduced by the DVSA to increase driver safety and the quality of training, in light of the troubling statistic that road collisions remain the biggest killer of young people in the UK.
Driving test faults reflect the factors which cause the most accidents on the road.To pass your practical driving test you’re allowed to make up to 15 driving faults or ‘minors’. However, get just one serious or dangerous fault (a ‘major’) where you endanger yourself, the public or property and you fail.
According to exclusive data obtained from the DVSA by Hippo Leasing, in 92 of the UK’s 121 geographical postcode areas, the most common ‘major’ last year was pulling out of a junction unsafely (167,100).
In eight areas, this caused over 40 percent of learners to instantly fail their driving tests: Outer Hebrides (HS); Hemel Hempstead (HP); Motherwell (ML); Dumfries (DG); Harrogate (HG); Truro (TR); Taunton (TA) and Paisley (PA).
Not looking at mirrors when changing direction is the UK’s second most common serious or dangerous driving fault (139,883),followed by turning right unsafely at a junction (77,590),losing control of steering (73,715) and ignoring traffic light signals (72,110).
The Cambridge postcode area (CB) is the only place in the UK where the most common serious or dangerous fault is failing to respond correctly to traffic light signals, i.e. not stopping at a red light, passing through an amber light when it is safe to stop, or not reacting to a green filter light.
You can explore the full data set provided by the DVSA and search by UK postcode area in the interactive table below: